Air India carries over 25 tonnes of relief material to Japan

"The national carrier carried more than 25 tonnes of relief material, including two consignments each of 10,000 high-quality blankets sent by the Government of India, to Japan on its two flights on March 15 and 16," an Air India spokesperson said.

To accomodate and facilitate more Indians wanting to return from Japan, Air India has deployed a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo aircraft for daily operations till March 21, he said, adding the plane has 423 seats and has been deployed in lieu of scheduled Boeing 777-300 aircraft.

Earlier, Air India was operating only four flights in a week. Flight AI–306 would leave Delhi at 2300 hours and reach Narita (Tokyo) at 0950 hours (Local Time) the next day.
On its return leg, flight AI–307 would leave Narita at 1130 hours (local time) and arrive in Delhi at 1800 hours.

"These flights are in addition to our scheduled operations to Osaka three times a week," the spokesperson said, adding those desirous of returning to India on these flights may contact the airline's offices in Japan for reservations, facilitation and assistance.

Air India has also decided to waive charges for rebooking, cancellations and refunds on all types of tickets for travel from and to Japan till March 31. Japan was hit by a massive earthquake on March 11, triggering giant tsunami waves and is currently struggling to avert a meltdown at some of its nuclear installations.

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